About

June 27, 2008, I listened to my husband describe his pain to our doctor. “It felt like somebody jabbed a broom handle down my throat.” After thirty-eight hours and three surgeries to repair an aortic dissection, Charlie died. I was plunged into a new world of anguish and agony, disorientation, decisions, death duties, dealing with death departments of big companies, and daily survival. “You’ve got to build a whole new life,” my sister told me just five hours after my husband died. Five years later, I realized I had. Remember the Dragonflies is my story of discovery and recovery.

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Bio of Kathy Rhodes

I am the author of Remember the Dragonflies: A Memoir of Grief and Healing. My essay, “An Open Letter,” which is a chapter in the memoir, appeared originally in The Best Creative Nonfiction, Vol. 3 (W.W. Norton) and was singled out for a review in The New Yorker. Order my book here.

My essay “Pushing Up the Sun” will be included in the upcoming anthology A Second Blooming, to be published by Mercer Press, 2017.

My collection of essays is Pink Butterbeans: Stories from the heart of a Southern woman. Order Pink Butterbeans here. My essay “The Wedding Hankie” was included in Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul II (Simon & Schuster); order here. I was contributing editor of two anthologies, and my works have been included in magazines, newspapers, and six anthologies.

I have blogged for nine years at First Draft: Laying Down the Words.

I am senior writer/editor at TurnStyle Writing, Editing & Publishing Solutions. I have taught workshops locally and presented at regional and state conferences, including:

– Alabama Writers Conclave (Birmingham, AL, 2010 and Huntsville, AL, 2012)
– Southern Literary Festival (Nashville TN)
– Writers Loft of Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro TN)
– Creative Nonfiction at the Crossroads (Clarksdale, MS; director and presenter)
– Southern Festival of Books (Nashville TN; panelist in 2006, 2009, and 2014)
– Southern Kentucky Book Fest (Bowling Green KY)
– Mississippi Delta Literary Festival (Greenville MS)
– Council for the Written Word (Franklin TN)

I was publisher and editor of the former Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, which had an eight-year run. I was also a board member of the Tennessee Writers Alliance and an officer of the former Williamson County Council for the Written Word.

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My home now is in the Middle Tennessee hills near Nashville, and I love to think back to the home of my heart, the Mississippi Delta. I garden, kayak, write, read, and enjoy walks with my new buff merle cocker spaniel puppy born September 26, 2015, Heidi Deering.

 

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